Author Archives: Doan Trang

Activist arrested just days before Tet

The police have arrested a well known human rights activist and her husband just days before Vietnam celebrates the lunar new year, traditionally a time of amnesty and reconciliation. Tran Thi Nga, who is also known as Thuy Nga, had…

Journalist punished for comments on Fidel Castro

A journalist was dismissed from his post for criticising Fidel Castro, as the Vietnamese Communist party held a day of national mourning for the Cuban revolutionary and dictator, who died last month. Phung Hieu was removed from his job as…

Fidel Castro’s death exposes divisions in Vietnam

Vietnam’s call for a day of national mourning for Fidel Castro has exposed ideological divisions in a country that still clings, in name at least, to Marxist-Leninist teaching. For the Communist party, Fidel Castro was a comrade in arms in…

Police raids net three more activists on anti-state charges

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have swooped on members of a newly formed civil society association, arresting three and charging them under a draconian security law. Police agents seized Luu Van Vinh, the founder of the group, at his…

Activists condemned in National Assembly

A member of the National Assembly has accused environmental activists of trying to ignite public disorder over the Formosa disaster, which devastated fish stocks off central provinces. In the latest attack by Communist party officials on a growing environmental movement,…

Petition signed for blogger’s freedom

Hundreds of independent bloggers have signed an online petition calling for the release of the detained activist, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quyhn, who wrote under the name of  Me Nam or Mother Mushroom. She was arrested earlier this month and charged…

Government criticised in first independent report on Formosa disaster

The Vietnamese government has been accused of a slow response, and a lack of transparency and accountability, in the first independent report into the environmental disaster that killed millions of fish off the central coast earlier this year. The report…

Draft Law on Association condemned as unconstitutional

New legislation designed to regulate associations in Vietnam threatens to deliver a heavy blow to the development of civil society,  according to representatives of official and unofficial NGOs. The draft bill on associations is being introduced to the National Assembly…

Government leaders criticised for response to flood

Coastal provinces worst affected by the marine life disaster earlier this year have been hit by severe flooding, made worse by sudden discharges from local hydro-power reservoirs. At least twenty five people have been killed so far in the  floods,…